We’ve all suffered a touch of design envy after scrolling through images of picture-perfect homes on Pinterest. Although the majority of these homes are impractical and unattainable, it is possible to pick up on the occasional design element and make it work for your home. The most important thing to consider when planning a design overhaul is to make sure you’re working with the space available. Make sure you’re using the space in the best possible way so that there is no dead space.
Summer is the best possible time to refresh your home and introduce new design elements. Something as minor as moving furniture or reclaiming a neglected room can make a huge difference to your home. If you’re stuck for inspiration, look to these summer 2016 interior design trends for your next big idea.
# Hide the tech
TVs have grown over the years; starting life in a cabinet and moving all the way up to a 50” distraction above the mantelpiece. This summer, try setting out tech-free spaces in your home and these areas as a place to socialise with family and friends. You might also want to conceal other technology by creating charging stations for smaller items to conceal the unsightly wires.
# Bring the outdoors in
Natural light and plants are always a welcome addition to any home and offer a quick and easy way to refresh your home. If a remodel isn’t on the cards, you can still increase the amount of light in your home by switching your window dressings to a lighter option, or introduce some well-placed mirrors to reflect the light. Introduce a range of potted plants to bring a touch of outdoor greenery and freshness to your home.
# Beach fabrics and materials
Summer always has us dreaming of the beach, so why not bring some coastal elements into the home? If you have a conservatory area that is lacking in purpose, why not introduce some rattan furniture with ombre and raffia pillows. Good quality cane and rattan furniture will last a long time, giving you durability in those high traffic areas and standing as a low maintenance furniture option.
# Bursts of colour
Not too long ago, the accent wall was the most popular way to introduce colour into the home. Now we’re seeing a shift towards neutral bases with occasional pops of colour in the form of an accent piece of furniture or a lone piece of art. Less is certainly more, so tone down your colour palette to a neutral base and then add pops of colour to easily achieve this trend.
# Spa bathrooms
The bathroom design is often a neglected and uninspiring space, but that is all set to change. This summer, reclaim your bathroom space and transform it into an oasis of calm. Clear the clutter and introduce a piece of furniture such as a chair or side table. Then all your need to complete the look is to pile up your fluffiest white towels and pop some fresh cut flowers in a vase.